North of Boston/Merrimack Valley are easy to visit by car
Driving Routes to the North Shore
The North Shore -- also called Cape Ann -- is home to the historic towns of Salem, Gloucester, Marblehead, Ipswich, Essex, and Newburyport. Inland cities within this region include Lawrence and Lowell.
The region is bisected by several highways: I-95, I-495 and I-93. Route 128 is concurrent with I-95 during its curve to the west around Boston. Drivers with destinations to the north or south of Boston take I-495 to bypass Boston traffic.
Route 127 is a scenic road along the Atlantic Ocean from just above Salem through Manchester and Gloucester and out to Rockport. Route 133 in a scenic inland road from Gloucester along beautiful marsh meadows to interior Ipswich.